How To Display Air Plants – Create Stunning Exhibits

Did you know that the distinctive forms, vibrant hues, and unusual blooms of Air plants provide limitless possibilities for designing chic displays? The internet is overflowing with design suggestions. Nonetheless, finding the top decoration while taking good care of the plant may turn out to be challenging.

Air plants can be used to create a unique display with glass, wood, and metal holders because they can be hung or placed on flat surfaces such as tables or kitchen counters, provided the plant is not damaged and can be watered and misted easily.

Tillandsia will unlock the creativity within you, and these trendy houseplants are always a favorite choice for the office or indoor decor. Searching for different display ideas is my favorite part of growing the Air plants. This article will give you some new ideas about displaying Air plants in different settings as I will share some of my favorite styles with you and how that can impact plant growth.

Picture of air plant with rocks

“A beautiful plant is like having a friend around the house.”

Beth Ditto

How Do You Hang An Air Plant?

You can essentially create a vertical garden with Air plants. This year, I have spent quite some time displaying my Air plants in different corners of the house. Gardeners often call this vertical garden a living wall of plants.

Usually, hanging plants are displayed in wired or wooden hanging baskets, but Tillandsia can be hung in almost any container. You can go for a macrame plant hanger for a classic farmhouse vibe.

Growing Air plants without soil make them lighter, which is why they are the best choice for your vertical garden or hanging pots.

Himmeli structures are geometric-shaped pieces that give a sophisticated look to your Air plant. You can also look for coil-shaped circular hanging structures.

Picture of Air plants with metallic holder

I have even seen some crate-shaped containers online which can be hung with ropes to create a wooden hanging basket.  

The most popular idea in the hanging category is displaying them in a wooden frame or board to look organic. You can also attach your air plants to a piece of driftwood as this will replicate how they grow in nature, i.e., on wood or trees.

You do not have to buy a new wooden frame. Take an old photo frame and remove the glass and the back support.

Now install some metal hooks on the inner side of this frame. Create an irregular pattern bypassing the twine or string through these hooks. You can do the same with a metal frame and metal wires. You can mix and match several Air plant varieties in a single frame. If you have an old embroidery hoop at home, you can utilize it as a frame by attaching some strings before adding the Air plants.

You can buy ceramic hanging pots online; you should get a piece with multiple pots to keep several plants together. The color and texture of the store-bought hanging pots are an added plus for your Tillandsia display.

Picture of Air plants in hanging pots

A simple search on the internet will give you an endless variety of hanging planters; you can choose anything from ceramic or metallic. My favorite is the geometric holders hanging or placing them on tables. You can use them as you like, and they go with modern and traditional indoor settings.

How Do You Decorate With Air Plants?

If you are not a fan of hanging plants or find them difficult to care for, you can still decorate your house with Air plants in old-fashioned ways. Using them as table decor is low maintenance and offers flexibility in caring for and moving the plant.

They are a perfect decor plant with colorful flowers and green leaves. You can get creative and display your unique personality with your Air Plant.

No soil means your plant is portable and can be moved anywhere. Your tabletop display does not have to be boring because you can combine various ceramic pots or glass jars. You can use a decorative pot or add some colorful stones to the pot. Decorative pots in different designs are readily available online and in-store at affordable rates.

Displaying the Air plants does not just mean what type of container you use, it also includes how each plant is placed. Creating a plant wreath is one way to create drama using Air plants, and air plant wreaths will make a timeless display during the holiday season.

Picture of an Air plan wreath

You only need twine, dried wood, moss, and your favorite Air plants. This wreath can be placed on the table or hung anywhere in the house.

A simple wicker basket will do the trick if you aim for a neutral look. You can also combine two display ideas. For example, use a wooden planter filled with stones, but instead of adding the Air plant directly to the pot, attach it to a metal hoop.

Terracotta pots are the recommended material for the outdoor Air plant display since they can withstand the outdoor weather. Take a circular pot and cut a few holes or shapes in it. Place the Tillandsia in each of these holes for an exciting exhibit.

Using seashells or sea urchins for small-sized Air plants is like combining two parts of nature. Seashells come in different shapes and sizes, just like Air plants. You can easily use them as a container for indoor Air plants to create beach vibes. Make sure you have a seashell with an opening large enough to hold the base of the plant.

Seashells are unique because you can use them as tabletop and hanging pieces. You can use the shells from your beach collection or buy new seashells online. Mixing shapes to create a dramatic and exciting display would be best.

Picture of Air plant attached to a seashell

Crystal stones can blend in with any indoor setting and give a unique look with their colors and uneven surface. You can place the Air plants on these stones for an earthy and natural decor.

These horizontal displays can be placed anywhere, including kitchen counters, coffee tables, or dinner table.

How Do You Show Air Plants In A Terrarium?

After traditional terracotta or ceramic pots, terrariums are the popular display choice for almost every plant. After all, everything looks clear and beautiful through the glass, and the varying designs, shapes, and materials allow you to create a stunning display.

These terrariums come in different shapes, but you can use simple glass, mason jars, or even an old fishbowl if you want an economical option. You can use ropes to hang the jars or small-sized terrariums.

Picture of Air plants in terrariums

You will only need some moss, seashells, and small stones to show Air plants in a terrarium. All the extra decor pieces will bind the look. One precaution regarding the Air plant terrarium is to ensure it’s open and your plant gets plenty of fresh air.

What Factors Should You Consider Before Displaying Air Plants?

Air plants can grow without soil increasing the number of showcasing them. These mess-free plants can be placed anywhere inside your house or even outdoors.

It does not matter whether you like modern displays with geometric shapes or are fans of old wooden structures. There is something for everyone regarding air plants, and you can even place them in your kid’s room in a fancy animal pot.

Tillandsia plants are pretty versatile and will blend in with the color scheme of your office or home. They are also famous for their air-purifying properties. Therefore, they also offer some environmental benefits, vibrancy, and colors. 

The low-maintenance Tillandsias are the perfect pick to add a touch of greenery to your surroundings. Displaying Tillandsia starts with figuring out the plant requirements according to your chosen display idea, and it’s best to decide on the layout and display location before attaching the plants.

Air plants add a minimalist yet beautiful touch to indoor settings, but you must consider the light levels before displaying them anywhere inside the house. Air plants need bright but indirect light throughout the day; therefore, whether you hang them or display them as table decor, they should be near a light source.

  • Using artificial lights
  • Placing the plant in a brightly lit room

Air plants growing under inaccurate light might survive but struggle with foliage and flower growth. You might never see the famous Air plant flowers.

Air plants appreciate high humidity, but too much of it combined with regular watering can cause the plant to rot. Therefore, always select a terrarium with a wide opening for maximum air circulation when using terrariums.

Securing the Air plants involves using string, wires, or glue sticks. Glue stick should be used as a last resort because it damages the plant and makes it difficult to move them. Always use a non-toxic glue stick. You can buy plant-safe and waterproof glue for long-lasting results.

Pay attention to what material the container is made of because rust or copper can damage the Air plants. Therefore avoid using a metal container that might rust over time. The same rule applies to the wire you will use to tie or hang the Tillandsia.

If you are using moss as a base for your Air plant, be extra vigilant while watering because the moss can hold more water than needed. Letting the moss stay wet can create perfect circumstances for plant rot.

Avoid watering your Air plants in a terrarium; take the plant out and soak in water. Let the plant and moss dry out in an open space before moving them back to the terrarium. Gently shake the plant to eliminate any moisture sitting on the foliage.

The container you choose should be suitable for the size of your Air plant. After all, you must ensure the leaves are not damaged or trapped inside the container because this stresses the plant and causes the leaves to turn brown. Remember, the unique Tillandsia leaves absorb all the food and water from the atmosphere.

You can introduce as many accessories and decorations to your Air plant display as you like as long as they are not toxic to the plant.

Creativity is not just limited to the indoors; you can also display the Air plants in the outdoor garden. Air plants are lightweight but fragile therefore avoid choosing a display method that might compromise the health and growth of Tillandsia. If you will hang the Air plant, make sure it’s secure. You can use strings, wire, or rope to support the plant.

Changing your Air plant display is not difficult once you maintain the proper growing environment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you keep the Air plants under the full sun?

Air plants do not perform well under full sunlight and do not need direct sunlight throughout the day. Instead, they are accustomed to bright, indirect sunlight.

Can you display Air plants in the bathroom?

Air plants can be kept anywhere in the house, including the bathroom, kitchen, or living room, as long as they fulfill their light, moisture, and temperature needs.

How many hours of light are needed for your indoor Air plant display?

Air plants need sufficient light to grow and bloom. You can utilize natural or artificial lights, but the number of hours per day will vary depending on the light source. Your plant needs 8 hours of bright, indirect sunlight but 12 hours of artificial light.

What other plants can be combined with the Air plants in a terrarium?

Succulents and Air plants create a stunning exhibit with plenty of shapes, textures, and sizes. But ensure both are grown in an environment that suits their needs.

What type of materials is used as a base for the Air plants?

Air plants do not need the traditional potting mixture as a growing medium. The three common choices for Air plant base in a glass terrarium or other containers are rocks, moss, and sand.

Conclusion About Displaying Air Plants

If you do not already own an Air plant, we hope this article will convince you to add one or two to your plant collection.

Air plants are easy to care for, with many display ideas for indoor and outdoor gardens. I believe wooden holders or frames are classic ways of displaying houseplants because the wood will always complement plants, but you can choose the material according to your likes.

The forgiving nature with minimal care requirements allows you to place the Air plants almost anywhere in the house. So what are you waiting for? With so many ideas shared in this article, your Air plant is ready to be displayed.

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